Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)


Contact Statewide Juvenile PREA Coordinator

Jennifer Simeo
Program Officer III
775-687-2276

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PREA is a federal law enacted on September 4, 2003. The PREA Standards, which were developed by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, became effective in 2012 to provide rules to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment within correctional systems. PREA applies to all federal and state prisons, jails, police lock-ups, private facilities and community correctional settings that house male and female adults and juveniles. The Juvenile Facility Standards (28 C.F.R. Part 115) govern youth-on-youth sexual abuse and sexual harassment and staff-on-youth sexual abuse and sexual harassment incidents. 

Major provisions of PREA include the development of national standards; an adherence to zero-tolerance towards sexual abuse and sexual harassment within correctional systems; the collection and dissemination of information on the incidents of sexual abuse and sexual harassment within correctional systems; and the awarding of federal grant funds to help states and local governments implement the provisions of the Act. 

The Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) has zero tolerance towards all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment of youth in custody. DCFS accomplishes this by:

  • Having a statewide PREA Coordinator and facility based PREA Compliance Managers.
  • Having policies and procedures in place to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
  • Completing youth risk assessments upon admission.  
  • Continually educating staff and youth on PREA to promote a culture that discourages sexual abuse and sexual harassment.  
  • Increasing awareness of safe reporting mechanisms available to youth, staff and third parties  while protecting reporters from retaliation.
  • Aggressively responding to, investigating, and supporting the prosecution of sexual misconduct in all facilities, in partnership with law enforcement and the courts.
  • Establishing data collection systems to accurately track sexual abuse and sexual harassment allegations and analyze incidents in order to continually improve the safety of youth.
  • Participating in PREA audits to ensure each facility and the agency maintain compliance.

    PREA Resources

    Anyone needing to report a PREA incident may report it electronically here Report a PREA Incident  or call toll-free at 1-888-421-9971.